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post #31 of 40

For a 3 day trip definitely take Fernie and Castle off the list as it is 4+ hours from Banff to Castle and closer to 5 Banff to Fernie.  For such a short trip, I would also leave Panorama off the list.  The appeal of Panorama is slope side condos so you can ski in/out.  I skied Panorama for a long weekend years ago and have no desire to return.  Limited snow pack and limited terrain.  Sunshine is well worth visiting on a sunny day.  As most of the terrain is above tree line skiing it on a cloudy/ snowy day is a lot like getting dropped into a jug of milk. FWIW, b

post #32 of 40
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Somehow a trip to Calgary is off the radar for many US skiers.  It does take some driving, but with the incredible, undeveloped mountains surrounding you, that's not too hard to take.  Plus, all these mountains are big, with verticals at least 3,000 feet and 3,000 acres.  It's a little expensive, the plane tickets cost more(from the east coast), but I was able to book a ticket from Newark with only 25,000 United miles + $86.  And I got those miles for free by signing up for a new United credit card.  (I sign up, then drop after six months, then sign up again a few years later for all the major airline cards, and you can do that twice if you quality for a business card like i do). 

 

I am not sure if Fernie/Castle are worth the drive for me on a short 3 days of skiing trip, but next time I have to hit Panorama and Sunshine Village - Maybe even next year. 

I have just done 3 days at Castle for the first time on my way to the Big Sky Gathering (I also did RMR and LL). I am travelling in a truck camper so WiFi is spotty, but i will do a review of Castle when i get a chance.

 

Castle is 2.5 hours from Calgary and you can stay at a hostel on mountain or at the Best Western in Pincher Creek.

 

If you really are a Snowbird devotee, then Castle is for you as it is a real skiers mountain. Mostly black and double runs with almost no moguls do to wind sift and low skier volume. How does 3000 acres and 90k skier visits/year sound?

post #33 of 40

Ha. I had to forward the overnight list at Revy.

 

2 of my friends were either the 28th or 29th.......... They snowboarded out of bounds and got stuck in a gully. But they did not spend the night....they ended up walked out after they were informed they would have to stay the night, it took them 5-6 hours. Funny now but it must of been a crappy experience.

 

Great reviews BTW. Just got back from Lake Louise and Sunshine this week myself.

 

Have to say due to alot of snow and powder I found I enjoyed Sunshine more then Lake Louise as it was too icey for my lking and very very very busy. I think I would of liked Lake Louise if I would of hit a powder day though.

post #34 of 40
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I am not sure if Fernie/Castle are worth the drive for me on a short 3 days of skiing trip, but next time I have to hit Panorama and Sunshine Village - Maybe even next year.

Usually not a close call IMHO, given our shared taste in terrain/snow. Fernie and Panorama are about the same drive distance from Calgary.   Late season (late March/April) maybe consider Panorama/Sunshine for  better snow preservation.

post #35 of 40

I have skied in Sunshine twice in May.

Great Spring skiing. Cold nights, and warmish days.

Lake Louise is a little on the icy side

post #36 of 40
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You ae on noncrazy, contact me through this board.  The chutes are getting traffic alright, it just seems like you are by yourself.Here is a link to a video shot on an epic pow day, March 2012:

http://lakelouiselowdown.wordpress.com/2012/03/  video by Chris Mosely

 

I skied Whistler Blackcomb this year for the first time and REALLY liked it, to the point I am thinking of a seasons pass and finding some shared accommodatiom for 6 weeks or so.


side track but: if your interested in Blackcomb Whistler the spring deal starts April 2. Purchase a 5 or 10 day edge card for the 2014 season, add another $89 and you ski for the rest of this season for free. I will until May 24 weekend.   

post #37 of 40

I have a trip planned to Revy last week of January. When I look at the trail map on RMR website it seems very poor on details and somewhat confusing. I wonder if there some basic guide to skiing the mountain for someone who likes to ski trees and loves hiking up to access good runs. Just to put it in the perspective: our favorite mountains are Taos (West basin and the Ridge) and KHMR, which involves quite a bit of hiking to access all the chutes from T1, 2 and CPR ridges. But I have been to Taos many times and locals showed us how to get to all the best  hidden stuff ( like R&R), whereas in KHMR one can see it directly either from the Gondola or skiing down, because it does not have many heavily treed runs ( may be a few to skier's left at the end of the Redemption ridge, which are not even officially open for skiing but they are the best). At Revy it seems that one may waste a lot of time discovering the mountain before finding all the goodies. We are going to be there only 4 days, jan 30 to Feb 2nd, and would hate to waste my time to separate the wheat from the weeds, which seems to  be a real issue at RMR for so many first time skiers at the place.

post #38 of 40
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I have a trip planned to Revy last week of January. When I look at the trail map on RMR website it seems very poor on details and somewhat confusing. I wonder if there some basic guide to skiing the mountain for someone who likes to ski trees and loves hiking up to access good runs. Just to put it in the perspective: our favorite mountains are Taos (West basin and the Ridge) and KHMR, which involves quite a bit of hiking to access all the chutes from T1, 2 and CPR ridges. But I have been to Taos many times and locals showed us how to get to all the best  hidden stuff ( like R&R), whereas in KHMR one can see it directly either from the Gondola or skiing down, because it does not have many heavily treed runs ( may be a few to skier's left at the end of the Redemption ridge, which are not even officially open for skiing but they are the best). At Revy it seems that one may waste a lot of time discovering the mountain before finding all the goodies. We are going to be there only 4 days, jan 30 to Feb 2nd, and would hate to waste my time to separate the wheat from the weeds, which seems to  be a real issue at RMR for so many first time skiers at the place.

Smart question!  The night we got into Revelstoke we met a girl who worked at the motel we were staying in.  She offered to guide us around the first day & man am I glad she did.  There are tons of tight tree runs at Revy that were never as fun when we tried to repeat them on our own.  Some of the other hikes & sidecountry stuff was a bit more obvious, but there were lots of dead ends in those trees.  I would find a local or hire a guide to maximize your time in the trees.  My best runs in the trees were when I was right on her tail.

JF

post #39 of 40
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I have a trip planned to Revy last week of January. When I look at the trail map on RMR website it seems very poor on details and somewhat confusing. I wonder if there some basic guide to skiing the mountain for someone who likes to ski trees and loves hiking up to access good runs. Just to put it in the perspective: our favorite mountains are Taos (West basin and the Ridge) and KHMR, which involves quite a bit of hiking to access all the chutes from T1, 2 and CPR ridges. But I have been to Taos many times and locals showed us how to get to all the best  hidden stuff ( like R&R), whereas in KHMR one can see it directly either from the Gondola or skiing down, because it does not have many heavily treed runs ( may be a few to skier's left at the end of the Redemption ridge, which are not even officially open for skiing but they are the best). At Revy it seems that one may waste a lot of time discovering the mountain before finding all the goodies. We are going to be there only 4 days, jan 30 to Feb 2nd, and would hate to waste my time to separate the wheat from the weeds, which seems to  be a real issue at RMR for so many first time skiers at the place.

 

Don't do the first tracks thing with the guides, they don't show you anything that isn't absolutely obvious. By noon half the group just took off. I go all the time and still have never seen any of the glades they always show in their videos with sweet drops and such. You're right on the money, if you don't find someone willing to show you the spots you aren't finding them. There are however plenty of spots you can hike on your own, which is usually what I do at Revy. Most people just head over the top, I have some vid I shot during some crap March snow conditions at Revy that i'll attach. The start of it is hiking over the top and I pan around at lots of stuff you can hike. The rest of the vid is K3 cat skiing which is something you may want to look at too. It's basically what Revy is like with Pow.

 

 


Edited by PoisonTheWell - 9/26/13 at 3:19pm
post #40 of 40
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You can't miss the tree skiing once you are on the upper lifts, most of it seems to be pretty tight.

I would be careful about hiking up, unless you know where you are going to end up at.  There are signs up on top with the number of unexpected mountain sleep overs year to date. 

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